Unlicensed Operation of Motor Vehicle
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In New York, it is strictly illegal to operate a motor vehicle of any kind without proper and current licensing. A motor vehicle is defined as any sort of vehicle powered by anything other than the operator’s own muscles and along a public street. Operation is defined as actually driving it.
There are two distinct tiers of this criminal statute:
- Unlicensed operation: This is the act of operating a motor vehicle without proper licensing but also not being aware you did not have the right licensing, or perhaps that you did not know any licensing was required.
- Aggravated unlicensed operation: If a person knows they do not have the right licensing to operate a motor vehicle on a public road but does so anyway, the crime is escalated to aggravated unlicensed operation. The same state applies if the operate reasonably should have known they did not have the proper licensing at the time of operation. In many cases, aggravated unlicensed operation will only be filed against the suspect if they have a current suspension or revocation of the applicable license.
Each crime is punishable with both high fines and jail time. The penalties will be escalated incredibly if you were arrested for the unlicensed operation of a commercial motor vehicle weighing more than 18,000 pounds.
In any situation, you should retain a Dutchess County criminal defense attorney from the Law Office of Dennis R. Vetrano, Jr., LLC to protect your rights and future freedom. Our legal team has decades of combined legal experience and four former prosecutors leading the way, which gives us unmatched insight and knowledgeability into what the opposition will try in your case.
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Possible License-Related Consequences
While the criminal penalties associated with an unlicensed or aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle charge may be harsh, you must also be aware of potential administrative penalties. The New York Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) may choose to extend your driver’s license suspension or revocation if you are convicted. Administrative penalties can be extremely difficult to challenge since it is not technically a criminal penalty you can contest in court using established case laws. Your best bet may be ensuring you do win your criminal case and avoid conviction so the DMV is not given any reason to tamper further with your licenses.
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